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Dive Review of Bon Bini/Lion's Dive in
Bonaire

Bon Bini/Lion's Dive, Aug, 2004,

by Clay Coleman, LA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 1208.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Extensive Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Maximum 100' recommendation for boat dives, otherwise none.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Bon Bini boats carried a small ice chest for fresh water rinse, which was grossly inadequate. Even small rigs like Nikonos or Motormarine/single strobe setups were a tight fit. Housed cameras could not be rinsed. Dive crew sometimes stacked cameras on top of each other to the point that the uppermost cameras were not close to the rinse water.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My experience with American Airlines (Miami/San Jaun/Bonaire itinerary) makes me long for the days of ALM. Late flights, cancelled flights, endless delays, and lame excuses (we're waiting for someone to put 2 quarts of oil in our right engine [snicker, snicker]). There were 16 divers in our group and not a single checked bag arrived with us. Attempts to contact the airline on the island failed, and even attampts to track the bags from a representative in Miami were fruitless. However, the bags arrived on the next evening's flight. We noticed that about 15 folks from that arriving flight did not have their luggage, so it seems that the American Eagle flight from San Juan operates on a day-late schedule for luggage. We told Bon Bini of our plight, were set up with rudimentary gear, and were charged full price for the rental. The house reef from Buddy Dive to Capt. Don's is pretty ragged, but it's still an interesting dive. Reefs on Klein and elsewhere looked as pristine as ever to me despite reports of damage from sewage. Friendly staff. Lion's Den restaurant is excellent. I've been to Bonaire many times, and I still enjoy the island and the diving, but I won't return until better air service is available.
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